COUTURE FOR A CAUSE: A triumph!
March 12, 2012, Mumbai.
Sited amidst the enchanting beauty of nature, ‘Couture for a cause’ is the initial open aired fashion show that I joined at the ITC Maratha, Mumbai. Organized by the student of Raffles International set out a podium for budding designers to display their fascinating collections vacillating from Indian bridal, ethnic contemporary and a wide showcase of distinct dresses.
The show was a charity cum high end fashion affair which aspired to help the Little Angels School, Bandra, a non-profit organization for the less fortunate children suffering from learning incompetency (ADD, Autism, ADHD, et al). The proceeds composed together by the students of fashion of the same institute and the audiences were further handed over to Mr. Jehangir, the founder. The classy backdrop underscored by pink and blue lights, socialites and fashionistas from the VIP section posing for the cameras making enough heads turn, an array of media persons (of course, including me. Like a BOSSS!) backbenched, the crew buzzing around and not to be forgotten, the uber aggravating waiters waiting to stuff you every fifth fraction of a second; all revolved and hovered around B. Head spin. This chaos led all in such a demeanor that we failed to realize it’s three minutes past eight! An apology for the sixty-minute delay with the arrival of the host clad in a stunning one shouldered black translucent flowing dress, clasped by a demi-belt embellished in silver, a l’il above the midriff. What gleam!
Post the entire story and motive narrated by the host (which im sure interested none of us, excluding the goss glossies!), the show finally commenced. The management committee comprised of eight enthusiasts who absolutely took Indian fashion aptitude indentations up! The designer team encompassed five total geniuses whereas 25 beauties electrified the ramp!
An awe-filled dance performance by the little angels, a sentimental AV by the school filled the audience with ranging feelings. Inputs about the uniqueness of their disabled children from two mothers, created an emotional outburst among the spectators. The innocence, hope and twinkle of joy in those tiny souls; all diverse from ours, taught us oodles.
“Disability is not a brave struggle or ‘courage in the face of adversity.’ Disability is an art. It’s an ingenious way to live.” – Neil Marcus
Sabah Khan, who believes in the charm of weave and rebirth of simplicity definitely stood by her words. Ecological and skin friendly wearable dresses in earthy tones and bright hues accompanied by the play of necklines and cuts, also the noticeable broach feathered embellishments and floral jewelry created a light, chic atmosphere to kick start with. Bandages, drapes, pleats and falls. To me, it seemed origami-inspired.
Foram Bhatt’s formulary included high end bridal wear in typical royal tones of red, pink, blue and ofcourse, the legendary silver and gold inputs. Sarees with astonishing pallus and embroideries glaring with gemstones, ‘Bling’ could define her collection the best. Tank and tube blouses in velvet and sarees adhering to the net-class. Anarkalis coupled with midriff diamond belts stood apart. All in all, a perfect typical shaadi flare!
Avesh Dadlani, the chocolate boy (Cuteness personified!) advanced his bridal wear assortment a step further. Exquisite use of embroidery in splendid, rich colors over sarees. Extensive technique of fabric construction in net and silk in distinct necklines, gorgeous monochrome dupattas that clung by the anarkalis and deep back-chaniya cholis, stole the show. Spellbound.
Anand Gupta swore by ‘haute-ness’ by indulgence in animal print. Monochrome velvet based dhotis &harem pants and animal imprinted pashminas as well as scarves upon Greek God framed male bodies. WOW. (drooldrooldrool!) However, for this displayed collection he drew inspiration from Lord Kanhaiya! Another specialty of partially stripe-embroidered clear bottoms of pants didn’t catch much of my liking. Antique huge kadas accessorized the overall look.
Kavaljeet Singh, stands out of the troop for two particular reasons- One, being, his exclusive creations in zardosi and subtle, eye pleasing coleurs; and two, his over-lapping manifestation. He survives by the ‘the more, the better’ logic. He emerged across with three overlapping pashminas around his neck, over a a kurti and deep blue dhoti, also matched, rather mismatched with two red&green wristwatches in one hand and a dozen of gem bracelets over the other. TOO much!
SteelBird Helmets associated with Aarti Vijay Gupta concluded the evening with models posing with their trendy helmets, all in monotonous white dissimilar numbers. Dramatic, however. I like.
VJ Anshuman and Yami Guatam took their time (a bit extra) in their film promotion ‘ Vicky Donor’. Anshuman’s humour and Yami’s walk with the students delighted the audience.
Special remark for the DJ who did perfect justice to his job! Ah-mazing music that captivated our souls switching from jazz to electro to trance to sufi and classical.
Showstoppers and Gossip:
Natasha Suri of the UTV Bindass fame ruled as the show stopper in a pastel fitted dress adorned by a quirky neckpiece. Yuvika Chowdhry looked stunning in a contemporary kurti, Known face, Deepshikaa appeared the perfect dulhan, in a heavy bridal blood red anarkali creation for Kavaljeet Singh beside a crimson, fitted sherwani clad hunk. Sara Khan sported a monochrome white sequinced tube mishmash of a ballerina dress and a flowing gown towards the bottom. Confusion confusion! A lot of colour infusion was noticed. Sofia Hayat who modeled for two outfits, created more hype with eye ball popups thanks to he sizzling on-ramp kiss shared with Kavaljeet. PDA? Perhaps a mere publicity cheap tactic? Gross and eww anyhoo! Gary Richardson stuck to being his bubbly self, Abhishek Awasti was all dancey and another unknown attitude filled female, represented Artivijay Gupta. And well, well, well, the much awaited walk by Pooja Missra in a smoldering one shouldered white number, the Spare Me girl, blew our minds off with the ramp on fire!
A vote of thanks and a walk by the organizing team brought the event to a final halt. How tiresome, pheww!
Overall, this event was truly a blend of high-end fashion, glam and philanthropy!
More events queued up for you, my lovelies! Keep the mystery brewing in, till then…